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Entering The World of Mac

Another big issue you may encounter is moving your files from your PC to your Mac. Apple is there to help you make the switch. You can take your PC to the Apple store and ask them to move all your files to your new Mac. You can also move the files yourself—simply save the files you want to transfer on a CD or USB drive and move them like you would move any file to another computer. If you invest in the Microsoft Office pack, your Mac will be able to read any Word, Excel or PowerPoint files saved on a PC. Transferring email or contacts from Outlook to the Mac Office email program called Entourage is a bit harder. Files in Outlook end in a .pst extension and can’t be read by any Mac program. Download the PST Import tool from Microsoft to move these files.

Being Part of a Very Friendly Club

Who is the typical Mac user anyway? Many people may refer to the early adopters as artistic hippies. In reality, many people in the business world and maybe even your 80-year-old grandmother use a Mac for everyday work responsibilities or at home with their family. Anyone can be the “typical” Mac user.

“Mac users go across generations and across different demographics,” says Kahney, who spent years reporting and researching on this “cult.” “When I was doing interviews for my book, I talked to a retired admiral who was a staunch Republican. He and his buddies in the military used Macs, and they thought they were typical Mac users. Talk to graphic designers, and they think they’re typical. Talk to homemakers, and they think they are typical Mac users.”

Posted: 9/25/07
eatmedia

I have to disagree that Mac folks are more friendly. They are a snottier version used record store clerks who think PC users are morons. The "Mac Stores" at malls and nicer neighborhoods are full of helpful folks but the nuts and bolts service and sales stores (which is where you really find the uber-Mac-users), are painful.